University of Pittsburgh
April 8, 2001


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PITTSBURGH, April 6 -- The University of Pittsburgh's William Pitt Debating Union is hosting a public debate on HIV-AIDS on Saturday, April 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the William Pitt Union Assembly Room on Pitt's campus.

The debate, titled "The HIV-AIDS Connection: How Certain Are We?", will focus on the HIV-AIDS paradigm: Does HIV always lead to AIDS? Is a death sentence certain for HIV positive patients? Christine Maggiore holds that HIV does not lead to AIDS in all cases. Opposing her is Brian Foley, a researcher in the field.

Maggiore, founder and director of Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives, was diagnosed with HIV in 1992 and given 5 years to live. Now a naturally healthy HIV positive patient and mother to a toddler, she questions the onset of AIDS from HIV in her book "What If Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong?"

Research associate for HIV genetic sequence and immunology database at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Foley conducts research and helps to maintain the HIV database project at LANL, concentrating on the evolution of AIDS from HIV. He has his Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of Vermont.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call